A man thought to be a protester was found dead Monday inside a tent at Kerr Park, police said.
The man's name has not been released by police, but he was thought to be in his 20s, Oklahoma City police Capt. Dexter Nelson said.
The man is part of Occupy OKC, a group of protesters who have been camping since Oct. 10 in Kerr Park near Robinson and Broadway avenues.
Organizers refer to the man as “Street Poet,” a homeless man provided with food, clothing and shelter by others involved in Occupy OKC, according to a news release written by Mark Faulk, who referred to himself as a moderator for the group.
“At a candlelight vigil last night to honor first responders, Street Poet delivered a powerful poetic commentary about the complexities of homelessness and drug abuse, and the system's failure to adequately deal with these issues,” Faulk wrote.
“It was kind of amazing. It was like he was doing what he was born to do. And he had an audience of 50 or 60 really attentive people,” Faulk said.
Faulk said the man had been staying at Kerr Park for about a week. He said Occupy OKC is withholding information about the man's identity pending notification of his family by authorities.
About 2:50 p.m., the discovery of the body was reported to police, and investigators went to the scene, Lt. Kevin Barnes said.
It appears the man died of natural causes, but the medical examiner will determine cause of death, Barnes said.
Because the body was unattended at the time of death and because of the man's age, the homicide unit is investigating, Nelson said.
“The poet was found dead in his tent at Kerr Park earlier this afternoon by other participants. Police and emergency personnel were immediately contacted,” according to the news release.
All Occupy OKC events scheduled Monday were canceled.